Building a Disaster Team with Greg Scott

Hurricane Matthew RespondersOur guest this week is Greg Scott. He’s a paramedic and registered nurse with a background in emergency management and preparedness. Greg’s expertise is in building teams of volunteers for disaster response. First teams must decide what type of teams, roles, and disasters for which to prepare.

The basic requirements for a disaster team member include determining if a person will fit in a front line response role, operational support role, or even financial and logistics role. Volunteers bring all sorts of life and work skills to the IDMC organization.

On the Federal side of disaster response, the process of picking up team members involves a lot more bureaucratic hurdles to overcome. First positional needs are identified and then the search goes into finding the people who already have at least some of the skills needed for the job. Federal team members also need support and logistical crews, people Dr. Joe Holley calls “non-clinical” team members.

This episode is hosted by Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley.

Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

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